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Policy no. 11 - Library Code of Conduct

Date of last revision: 8 March 2002

In order to:

  • Protect all library users' rights of access to library facilities and services,
  • Ensure the safety of users and staff,
  • Protect library resources and facilities from damage, and
  • Ensure a pleasant and conducive environment for study and research for all users.

The Porter Henderson Library requires that each user of the Library follow the Code of Conduct Policy and all applicable Library and University policies, rules, and regulations. Please refrain from the following activities:

  1. Removal or attempted removal of library materials or property without proper authorization.
  2. The deliberate concealment of library materials or property for the exclusive use of an individual or group
  3. Defacing or destroying library resources, materials, equipment, furniture, or facilities. This includes mutilation by marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages, removing bindings, removing electronic theft detection devices, breaking equipment, using computers for unauthorized purposes, or in any way injuring or defacing library materials, resources, equipment, furniture, or facilities.
  4. Consumption of food or beverages except in accordance with existing policies and in designated areas.
  5. Use of any tobacco products.
  6. Failure to return materials following the expiration of the loan period and/or on request for return of materials by the Library.
  7. Failure to pay the Library the value of the lost/damaged materials.
  8. Any disturbance or behavior which interferes with normal use of the Library. This includes but is not limited to rowdiness, noise, use of cell phones, offensive behavior, profanity, and obscene gestures.
  9. Harassment of Library staff and users.
  10. Being in unauthorized areas of the Library or remaining in the Library after closing or when requested to leave at closing or during emergency situations.
  11. Wearing or using roller skates, inline-skates, skateboards, bicycles, etc.
  12. Bringing pets or other animals (exception are trained assist animals) into the building. Pets may not be left unattended or tied to any fixtures outside the building.
  13. Leaving children under the age of 16 unattended.
  14. Bringing weapons of any kind into the building.
  15. Failure to adhere to the copyright laws.

In order to protect all users' right of access to facilities, resources, and services and to ensure the safety of users and staff, the Library and University administrations have the authority to impose reasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner of library access.

Users and staff of the Library expect to have:

  • A safe and healthy Library environment free from disruptive activity, harassment, and intimidation.
  • Access to library materials or the ability to recall them as policies allow.
  • Library materials that are complete and unmarked.


  1. Library staff members have the right to enforce this policy; obtain University Police aid for assistance in the enforcement of Library and University policies and procedures, state and federal laws, and Regent's Rules and Regulations; and to deny access for violations of provisions. The University's disciplinary policy will govern loss of privileges.
  2. Any user objecting to the provisions or enforcement of this policy may follow the established University appeals process.